A LITTLE GIRL WAS QUIET AT SCHOOL BECAUSE SHE WAS TOO SHY TO GO AND TALK TO THE OTHER CHILDREN, ALTHOUGH SHE HAD SOME GOOD FRIENDS. SOME PEOPLE CALLED HER NAMES BUT THAT’S JUST KIDS, RIGHT?
Gradually, her friends turned on her. They wanted to feel important and she was an easy target. She was never hurt physically but words, and singling somebody out can often cause more harm in the long term. Oh but hang on, that’s just kids right?
She was left out more and more and one day, when the teacher was out of the room, the whole class turned on her. Including her “friends”. All apart from two- she never forgot the girls that stood up for her that day when the rest of the class hurled abuse at her when she had done nothing wrong or given them any reason to turn on her. Yeah but that’s just kids right?
How do you think that little girl felt? Do you think she thought “Oh it’s OK, at least they’re not hitting me. They’re only kids.”
She felt like her whole world had fallen apart and she wanted the ground to swallow her up.
Her confidence and self esteem were destroyed.
She was scared and lonely.
She blamed herself- everyone hated her so there must be something wrong with her. Right?
There was something wrong with the bullies. And her “friends”.
They were so insecure that they felt the need to destroy somebody else to feel powerful.
They were carrying their own frustrations, hurt and anger and directing it at the wrong person.
They thought it would make them cool and popular.
Others went along with in incase the bullies turned on them which made them just as bad as the instigators.
But not the two who stood up for her- that took a lot of courage.
To that little girl, the fact that somebody defended her meant the absolute world.
If you see somebody being bullied, don’t stand and watch, don’t walk away and remember that if you join in that makes you just as bad as the bullies.
Stand up to the bullies. If you don’t feel safe, then walk away TO GET HELP. Don’t just ignore.
I’m not just talking to the kids here- people can be bullied at any age and any place- school, home, work, in the street, online…
If more people had the courage of those two little girls, the world would be a much better place.
So do you choose to stand by or take action? I know which I choose. You see, that little girl at the beginning of the story has come a long way since then.
She saw bullies for what they were- losers. She realised that they were the ones who had issues, not her.
She would never let anybody treat her like that again because she is now confident, self assured and knows her own worth.
She would never stand back and watch somebody being bullied- in fact, she wants to do what she can to stamp it out.
How do I know? That little girl was me.
I know that acting can be life changing for kids with confidence issues.
Acting changed my life and it’s changed the life of many of my tribe.
Bullies behave this way because of their own insecurities and issues. Acting can help them as well, giving them a way to express themselves. It can help them to develop empathy and realise the lasting effects their words and actions can have.
This is why we run our anti bullying campaign, Act 4 Kids where we run free acting based anti bullying workshops and talks to schools and children’s centres and make thought provoking films on the subject.
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